Kansas Legislation is on it's way back in session but several updates and changes have come to light in the past month, let alone weeks.  Senator Pat Roberts made a "special announcement" Friday regarding intentions of lack thereof, of seeking re-election in 2020. The federal government has entered its 17th day of shutdown, but what does that mean for Kansas? And where will the government have to go from here?

Veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts announced his retirement Friday afternoon. He stated he will finish out his term, but will not seek re-election in 2020. Roberts, 82, has an expansive congressional career, spanning 16 years in the U.S. House and 22 years in the Senate. Roberts was facing pressure to step aside as he would be 84 years old in the time of re-election, and had faced a "particularly grueling" primary race in the 2014 general elections.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would become the longest serving member of congress in this state's history," Roberts said on Friday to friends, supporters and alumni in the Kansas Department of Agriculture's headquarters in Manhattan. 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt called Roberts a "solid corner post in the sometimes unfenced chaos that can be Washington, D.C."

It is expected Roberts' announcement will initiate an intense political scramble to replace him.

The partial government shutdown has passed the two weeks mark. The shutdown has caused certain federal employees to work without pay or be furloughed until the shutdown ends. This includes national parks, historic sites, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. However, Kansas isn't seeing as many signs of the shutdown as other states. In fact, according to a study conducted by Wallethub, Kansas is the seventh least affected state by the federal government shutdown. In due, partly, because of Kansas' rank of 26th regarding the share of federal jobs, and the percentage of families receiving food stamps, which Kansas has the sixth lowest percentage. 

The Kansas Women, Infants,& Children (WIC) program has remained open during the shutdown as well as funding for SNAP or the Food Assistance Program , but funding could run out the longer the shutdown continues.

If the shut down continues another week longer it will officially become the longest shutdown in United States history. 

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spent the weekend meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders over the shutdown. Trump stated he may bypass Congress and build his border wall by declaring a national state of emergency. "We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency -- just read the papers," Trump told reporters at the White House on Sunday. "This shutdown could end tomorrow, and it could also go on for a long time. ... It's really dependent on the Democrats," Trump said on Sunday.

But according to Democratic Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, "There's no requirement that this government be shut down while we deliberate the future of any barrier, whether it's a fence or a wall," he stated on "Face the Nation" on CBS.

Declaring a national state of emergency has historically be reserved for times of war or states of genuine national crisis. If declared, Trump may be met with a legal challenge on the grounds the situation at hand at the border may not constitute as a "national crisis."